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Heeren Bros. recalls cantaloupes distributed in Michigan due to Listeria concerns

Grand Rapids, MI-based Heeren Bros. Produce is recalling some 5,400 cantaloupes after routine sampling by the Food & Drug Administration detected Listeria monocytogenes, the firm announced Aug. 6.

The Athena cantaloupes, which are not stickered or marked as Athena varieties, were distributed to small, independent grocers in Michigan from July 23-26. The company said it has not received any reports of illnesses to date.

After FDA notified the firm of its findings, Heeren Bros. said it immediately alerted retailers to remove the products and contacted the supplier of the cantaloupes, which has not been identified to the public.

The 80-year-old fruit and vegetable distributor, which is a third-generation family-owned business, said that it is cooperating fully with FDA as the investigation continues. The company also reassured consumers and customers of its commitment to food safety.

"We have product handling and safety protocols in place to assure that we provide our retailers and their customers with fresh, safe and healthy products," the company said. "A recent audit by an independent, third-party laboratory rated our procedures as excellent in the industry."